By Connor Tapp, 247sports.com:
As closely as SEC fans follow recruiting and spring practice, it’s hard to truly call any player “off-the-radar.” So we’ve targeted 14 breakout candidates for 2015 – one on each team – who may have momentarily escaped your notice because they either redshirted, got injured, transferred, or just didn’t play a whole lot last year.
By Marc Torrence, Bleacher Report:
Nick Saban tried to brush off the topic last spring. This year, he won’t be able to. “Nick, you have what appears to be quality depth along the defensive line. Just wondering how you would access that group thus far?” Saban was asked last March 31. The Crimson Tide returned Brandon Ivory at nose tackle, were building on the freshman seasons of Jonathan Allen and A’Shawn Robinson and had just signed D.J. Pettway and Jarran Reed from the JUCO ranks to enroll early. On paper, the reporter said, this looked like a top-notch group.
By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
It’s coming. Spring football starts again March 13 in Tuscaloosa as Alabama turns the page. A few months after the 2014 season ended in the Sugar Bowl, the Crimson Tide will have some serious work to do this spring. Another new quarterback will see a rebuilt group of receivers while the defense has to replace key linebackers and backs. We’ll take a day-by-day look at what to expect from the 15 spring practices before they get started. Day 1: Quarterbacks.
Former Alabama quarterback and current Cincinnati Bengal AJ McCarron will make an appearance at Alabama baseball’s game this Friday, March 6, in Mobile. The two-time national championship quarterback with the Crimson Tide will meet with fans prior to throwing out the game’s ceremonial first pitch inside Hank Aaron Stadium, home to the Double-A Mobile BayBears. Fans in attendance for Friday’s game will have the opportunity to meet McCarron when the gates open at 6 p.m. After his meet and greet, the former Tide signal caller will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
By Charlie Potter, 247sports.com:
Let the countdown begin. The Southeastern Conference announced today that its annual SEC Media Days will be held July 13-16 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., this summer. It will once again be a four-day event. Alabama head coach Nick Saban and three student-athletes will be in Hoover on Wednesday, July 15. Fans can catch the Crimson Tide interviews and all four days of SEC Media Days on the SEC Network. Check out 2015 SEC Media Days schedule below:
By Charlie Potter, alabama.247sports.com:
Like father, like son, rising redshirt freshman cornerback Marlon Humphrey will be sporting a new jersey number next season. The Alabama defensive back will wear No. 26, according to RollTide.com, since Landon Collins left school early for the 2015 NFL Draft. Humphrey wore No. 29 last season in his first year in Tuscaloosa. It is a special occurrence because not only did Humphrey wear No. 26 at Hoover (Ala.) High School, but it is also the number his father, Bobby Humphrey, wore during his playing days as a running back at Alabama.
By David Ching, ESPN:
College football players across the country enter spring practice with the mentality that they have something to prove. But there are some cases in which that mindset makes more sense than others. Here are 10 situations in the SEC in which players need to send a message, loudly and clearly:
By Drew Champlin, al.com:
One of the top defensive linemen in the country has family ties to South Carolina, but it hasn’t slowed his interest in Alabama and Auburn, among others. Antwuan Jackson, a four-star defensive tackle from Ellenwood, Ga., visited Alabama last weekend and will visit Auburn this coming weekend. Jackson’s brother is Bryson Allen-Williams, a rising sophomore defensive end at South Carolina. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Jackson is rated as the No. 55 prospect in the country by the 247Sports composite rankings.
By Brian Mazique, Bleacher Report:
Decisions, decisions, decisions. They face every team in the NFL as the league’s draft approaches. Many teams know what their primary needs are, but the conundrum is: Which prospect should they take to fill them? There are several factors involved in the decision, but there are no definitive answers. This mock draft will examine three of the most compelling battles for positional supremacy and team favor.